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Happy Global Belly Laugh Day

Blog by Tomi (Tomyal Emptage) | January 24th, 2013



Yes, there is a day for everything.
I for one like to celebrate the really good ones. 

Do you laugh enough?  If you don’t you might want to get laughing now.  If you do laugh you might want to start to laugh more.  The physical and emotional benefits are wonderful and they are free to us.  Yes free!


Laugh to a healing path: 

  •       Laughing helps lower blood pressure.    
  •       Laughter relaxes the whole body.
  •       Laughter releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals.


  •       Laughing increases vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood which helps protect your heart.

  •       Laughing is a nice inside out workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles, face muscles.  According the Ririan Project laughing 100 times is equivalent to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 on the exercise bike. Wow, fun way to loose weight! Maybe?


  •       Laughing helps reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.


  •       Laughter puts you in a better frame of mind.  This can help you take that negative focus and turn it into something more positive.


  •       Laughter is known to increase memeory and learning.  A Johns Hopkins University Medical School study showed, humer during insturction led to increased test scores.

  •       Laughing helps make you more alert, more creative and helps your memory.


  •       Laughter is also noted in boosting your immune system.  It’s cold and flu sessions so, get laughing!

  •       Laughter is a social activity.  Have you ever laughed and others start to laugh?  
    That's because, it's often contagious and in a good way.  Have you ever heard someone else laugh and want to be around that person?  Laughing helps relax those around us.

According to the Ririan Porject research shows that pre-school aged children laugh up to 400 times a day on average, but adults only laugh 17 times a day on average.  I know it's a bit shocking!  If you need help laughing here is an excercise from Care2 Make a Diference that can help get you started:


I like feeling of my throwing my head back, showing all my teeth and having a good belly laugh.  I even don’t mind when I get the giggles so badly I can’t stop and begin to cry. 
It’s good stuff!